Müller (1868-1870) Chips from a German Workshop – Myth Indian Religion


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Müller, F[riedrich] Max.  Chips from a German Workshop (London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1868-1870) – 3 volumes, vols. 1 & 2 second edition, vol. 3 first edition.

Octavo, Three volumes: 1 (1868: xxxv, [3], 380 pages), 2 (1868: [8], 405 pages plus 1 page of reviews and a 1 page catalogue), 3 (1870: [8], 520 pages plus a 24 page catalogue dated March, 1873). Bound in deep blue-green cloth-covered boards ruled in blind on covers and stamped in gilt on spine cover. Matching binding on all three volumes.

Condition: VG+. Booksellers embossed stamp (of W. C. Rigby of Adelaide, AU) on First Free Endpaper of all volumes. A name (indecipherable to me) is on the FFE of the first volume. Corners slightly bumped on a couple of volumes,  and spines of a couple of volumes slightly canted.  Ever so slight foxing.  For a book so well traveled, this is in incredible condition.

Friedrich Max Müller (6 December 1823 – 28 October 1900), generally known as Max Müller, was a German-born philologist and Orientalist, who lived and studied in Britain for most of his life. He was one of the founders of the western academic field of Indian studies and the discipline of comparative religion. Müller wrote both scholarly and popular works on the subject of Indology. The Sacred Books of the East, a 50-volume set of English translations, was prepared under his direction. He also promoted the idea of a Turanian family of languages. – Wikipedia

Originally issued in two volumes, with three additional volumes added from 1870-1875, this collection of essays was influential to writers (including Theosophist Helena Blavatsky) who were seeking to assert the merits of “pagan” religious traditions over Christianity. Mary Seton Fraser Tytler, a symbolist craftswoman, designer and social reformer, claimed this book was her “Bible”, which helped her to create a multi-cultural sacred imagery. Müller distanced himself from these developments, and remained within the Lutheran faith in which he had been brought up.